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Prerequisites: Taken Ceramics 103

Kiln Training Part 2 Glaze Kiln

If you damage a piece or damage the glaze, don’t fire it.

  • It is worse to fire a piece with damaged glaze, it can be fixed before firing but not after, leave a note

cleaning and washing shelves

  • Damaged kiln wash is best repaired on bisque firing
  • Ideally applied a day ahead
  • Check the kiln bottom, shelves, and coils for debris and vacuum it out, any little bit can damage the kiln

Be careful during loading

  • Again, be careful, glaze ware is
  • Check bottoms for glaze drips and be nice, wipe them off.
  • In general fire “as found” in terms of orientation but think about how things will “droop”

Firing Temps

  • Cone 6
  • Slow
  • 15min hold
  • Preheat optional

Turn fans on

  • Super important
  • Evens out kiln
  • Metal vapor is produced depending on glaze, ex chrome or manganese are the big culprits, zinc too. Other gasses include co2, co, and h20

Don't open until it reaches 200F

  • Fill out the log!!!!

Ramp Hold Method

  • All loading and washing of shelves apply. Dont fire shelves with glaze on them
  • Refer to programing card for how to fire the kiln
  • Remember the segments include a
  • “Temp to hit”
  • How many degrees per hour
  • How long to hold at “temp to hit”
  • The “ramp” of “How many degrees per hour” is a “maximum rate” not a minimum rate so
  • it could go slower but never faster
  • Fill out the log


  • Put all the shelves and stilts back in their shelves/holding location
  • Note any problems on the log or put “no issues” on the log
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